Chinese buyer Jack Ma could bring Jackson Martinez to Milan for free as part of the €700m takeover bid, claim reports.
The identity of the potential investor remains secret, although multiple sources including prestigious financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore now insist it is Jack Ma.
He is the founder of the huge Alibaba Group and co-owns Martinez’s current club Guangzhou Evergrande.
Martinez had been on the verge of joining Milan last year when the deal suddenly fell through, as he was swayed by Guangzhou’s millions.
Il Sole 24 Ore claims the conglomerate trying to buy the Rossoneri is made up of Evergrande Group, Jack Ma, Xu Jiayin and Hong Kong magnate Cheng Yu-Rung.
Again, multiple sources warn the problem is Silvio Berlusconi, who is hesitant about selling the club he has owned for 30 years.
He would prefer to have a role within the side and to control transfer strategy, but that was shot down by an angry shareholders’ meeting in which CEO Adriano Galliani was asked to resign.
On the other hand, Berlusconi’s business company Fininvest are urging him to walk away from the expensive football ‘hobby.’
Instead, Berlusconi is eager to wait for the local elections in Rome on June 5, involving his Forza Italia party, before making a decision.